Digital media maven and radio personality, Kim Komando, recently selected Chuck Jones's 1955 masterpiece, the animated short film "One Froggy Evening" as her favorite cartoon of all time. Citing Steven Spielberg "The "Citizen Kane" of animated film" and the National Film Registry "culturally significant", Komando calls it a "wonderful classic." (Of course, we agree!) Thank you Kim, for the rave and for your love of Chuck Jones cartoons! To watch the cartoon and read her post click on Kim Komando. To visit Kim's website, click here.
This photo of animation pioneer Chuck Jones (left) and the brilliant writer Michael Maltese with record albums of Wagner's operas is dated October 1954; the note on the back (see below) indicates that they are standing in front of storyboards for Jones' "Rocket-Bye Baby" which was released in August of 1956, which means that at least three years were devoted to the making of "What's Opera, Doc?" We know that while creating "What's Opera, Doc?" Jones' unit manipulated their time cards, utilizing time from a Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner film to work on the extravaganza (106 different camera shots!) that became the first short animated film inducted into the Smithsonian's National Film Registry in 1992. (Since then two of Jones' other films, "Duck Amuck" and "One Froggy Evening," were also added to the Registry.)
Here is Jones' list of music to be used in the film, please note the "chase stuff" (which makes me giggle, because you know it was shorthand between Jones and the music director, Milt Franklyn.)
Earliest known original model drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1955 masterpiece, "One Froggy Evening." Graphite on 12 field two-hole punch animation paper. Warner Bros. Animation Studio stopped using the two-hole punched paper circa 1953, two years before the release of this National Film Registry selection (of course, it's possible that there was two-hole punched paper used as scrap after the transition to three-hole punch paper, but note that it took, on average, 10 months to complete a 6-8 minute short film.)